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Almost 500 units of new social and family housing to be added through upcoming rezonings

September 19 2017

"With Vancouver's affordability crisis impacting all incomes and neighbourhoods, the City keeps forging ahead adding record numbers of new affordable housing - not just supply, but the right supply that meets peoples' needs," says Mayor Gregor Robertson.

Illustration of social housing building at 124 Dunlvey

The City of Vancouver is on track to add 390 new social housing units, of which 156 are SROs, as well as 90 market units to our local supply which would provide new homes for low and moderate-income earners, seniors, and families, after several rezoning proposals were referred today by City Council to public hearing in October.

The approval of these rezonings would help advance the goals of Housing Vancouver, which will be the City's new 10-year housing strategy to address the housing crisis.

The strategy's targets include adding 48,000 new rental homes across Vancouver over the next 10 years, of which 12,000 will be for social and supportive housing.

To date, 1,023 new social and supportive homes have been approved this year.

"With Vancouver's affordability crisis impacting all incomes and neighbourhoods, the City keeps forging ahead adding record numbers of new affordable housing - not just supply, but the right supply that meets peoples' needs," says Mayor Gregor Robertson. "As Council waits to finalize the City's Housing Vancouver strategy later this fall, we'll keep moving forward with delivering affordable housing - aiming for no more than 30 percent of household income - for people who live and work in Vancouver."

Rezoning proposals

124 Dunlevy Street

This proposal would rezone the site for the development of an 11-storey building with 213 social housing units and a social service centre, allowing for the co-location of two important City-owned facilities.

The site is the current location of Roddan Lodge, a six-storey building with 156 single room occupancy units currently operated by City of Vancouver Public Housing Corporation. It was built more than 40 years ago and is in need of substantial upgrades.

The new development would replace Roddan Lodge with 213 self-contained suites with personal washrooms and kitchen facilities. Of the new units, 156 will target low-income tenants with a minimum of 140 of these renting at or below the shelter component of Income Assistance, and an additional 16 having the flexibility to rent up to the Provincial Housing Income Limits. The remaining 57 units will rent at a below market rate.

The approval of these homes would bring the total number of city-wide social housing units completed, under construction, or approved since 2011 to 4,155.

The Evelyne Saller Centre, a social service centre serving the low-income community currently located at 320 Alexander Street, would be co-located at the Dunlevy site. The move will provide the centre with new and expanded facilities to continue offering community services such as providing:

  • Gathering space
  • Low-cost meals
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Health services
  • Recreation services

2221-2223 Main Street

This proposal would rezone a City-owned site for the development of a nine-storey building with 145 social housing units and commercial space on the ground floor.

Thirty percent of the homes (44 units) will be rented to households earning below the provincial Housing Income Limits and average rents across all units in the building will be no greater than 80 per cent of market rent. Half of the units will have two or three bedrooms and be appropriate for families.

The Vancouver Park Board staff have indicated a desire to acquire a portion of this site to help in addressing park and open space needs in the Mount Pleasant community.

This application is one of the sites being processed through the City's new pilot affordable housing priority process. Building on City-owned land, the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency (VAHA) works with investment, development, and community partners to create high quality rental housing for individuals and families with moderate incomes across Vancouver. VAHA's mandate is to deliver 2,500 new affordable housing units by 2021. Currently, there are 2,292 units planned for development, as well as 600 new modular homes.

8242 Oak Street

This proposal would rezone two single-family lots to create 50 new homes, including 27 two- and three- bedrooms for families in an eight-storey building, along with office and commercial space.

The development would also provide a community amenity contribution (CAC) of:

  • $1.35 million for the City's Affordable Housing Reserve to increase the affordable housing supply in and around the Marpole area
  • $1.2 million for community and childcare facilities for those living and working in the area
  • $135,000 for the Heritage Conservation Reserve which helps the City's heritage conservation efforts

2165-2195 and 2205-2291 West 45th Avenue

This proposal would rezone these sites from single-family to allow for the development of social and family housing and a new community space, along with the restoration and seismic upgrading of the heritage Dunbar Ryerson United Church.

On the east site, an eight-storey building and four-storey stacked townhouses would provide 35 two- or three-bedrooms homes for families. On the west site, 32 units of social housing for low to moderate income seniors and families would be part of a new five-storey building that would also house a community activity centre. Eleven homes will also be available at shelter rate.